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TAHLEQUAH – Funeral services for Charles R. Blackburn will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Hart Funeral Chapel with Brother Don Varble officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday May 7, 2015, at the Hart Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Interment will follow in the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery at 1 p.m. under the care and direction of Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah. To sign the guestbook or to order flowers, go to www.hartfuneralhome.net. Charles R. Blackburn the son of W.O. and Helen (Byers) Blackburn was born Dec. 27, 1924, in Chamois, Mo., and departed this life on May 5, 2015 in Tahlequah, Okla., at the age of 90 years, 4 months and 8 days. Charles was a very unique individual and he never met a stranger. He was a carpenter by trade and could build nearly anything you wanted or he decided you needed. He enjoyed building things and would make different knick-knacks for the yard or garden. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy, and after his service, he worked for Tinker Air Force Base as the head of the wood and metal shop. While working at Tinker, he had the opportunity to work on several different presidents’ planes before they were called Air Force One. He did all of the woodwork inside the planes and oversaw all the work being done. He could name off every general whom he had ever worked for, and they brought the planes to him specifically because of his attention to detail and skill. He enjoyed talking about planes and being a naval pilot. He enjoyed talking with people and he could tell a story and stretch it for a country mile, if needed. Charles retired and was able to spend the rest of his life doing the other things he enjoyed, which included fishing, traveling and volunteering. Charles was one of a kind and he touched many lives throughout his lifetime. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Henryetta June Blackburn; his stepsons, Tommy Smith and Henry Fuller; and his brothers, Wilford Blackburn, Dan Blackburn, Jim Blackburn and Charles Blackburn. He is survived by his children, Mike Blackburn and wife Sheila of Rising Star, Texas, Sandy Paul and husband Bobby of Garland, Texas, and Martha Watson of Oklahoma City; his sister, Ruth Stovall and husband Mervin of Tyler, Texas; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive him. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand Ave., 918-456-8823.
Published on  May 7, 2015
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